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>> the 48 is the warm spot around the region because most locations are in the 30s. it's rather humid. so there's kind of that penetrating chill in the air. enough humidity for some very dense fog as well around the bay and northern neck and eastern shore. elsewhere, it's partly cloudy. we're in the mid-30 the in most locations. it's near freezing out in the mountains of west virginia and western maryland. but other locations it's generally above freezing. these counties in gray are under a dense fog advisory until midmorning. it includes all of the northern neck as well as most of southern maryland and all of those counties along the bay. the western side and the eastern side of the bay, including the entire eastern shore. some of the visibilities there are under a quarter of a mile now. the view from space showing high clouds drifting over us under a cloud country star cloudy start. the rain under the green and yellow is advancing through kentucky and the northeast.
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it will miss us today, but tomorrow it looks like it could be wet now and then. a lot of clouds today. mild in the upper 50s to near 60 by midafternoon. a look at your evening planner in ten minutes. here's a look at the monday commute. good morning, danella. >> good morning. seeing some congestion in our area heading down i-66, heading towards nutley. that's where you'll see delays. no accidents to report on 66, both inside and outside of the beltway. speaking of the beltway, here's a look right now traveling the inner loop, making your way past route 1 heading into greenbelt. just bustling in volume. no major delays at all. outer loop still clear as you make your way towards georgia avenue. that's a good sign. on the rails, no reported delays on the metro or vre. however, the camden north train number 844 on the marc train, that train is cancelled for today. eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks so much. 6:02 now. a developing story this morning.
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a tense standoff between occupy d.c. and police ends with dozens of people in jail. heavy machinery was brought in to remove protesters from a building police say should never have been there in the first place. tracee wilkins is live in mcpherson square with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. police went ahead and took down that building. protesters said they built it to try to keep warm during the winter months. as you can see behind me, it's all quiet in the occupy d.c. camp. it was definitely anything but quiet last night. here's what it looked like. here's the scene as park police pulled protesters one by one off the top of a wooden structure they resurrected in the middle of the mcpherson square. park police tied ropes around each park protesters and forced them into a cherry picker. the standoff began shortly after city officials declared the structure unsafe. they built the structure to keep warm and followed park guidelines, assuring it was temporary and would be easy he
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to remove. park police argue they had no permit to build the shelter. >> they were told that they're allowed to build structures as long as they move it every four days. there's no stipulation on the size of the structures. so this should be a nonissue. >> the park police and the national park service firmly support people's first amendment rights to assemble and redress their government. this is a life safety issue in the structural integrity of the building. >> by the end of the night, 15 people were charged with crossing a police line. 16 people were charged with disobeying an official order. half a dozen were taken off of the structure with the cherry picker, including one of the protesters who was charged with urinating off of a structure, indecent exposure, and resisting arrest. in all, 31 people were taken into custody last night, and this morning there's a higher police presence here at the occupy d.c. camp. tracee wilkins live this morning
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in northwest. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thank you. today d.c. council members will vote on a new ethics bill, but it's still unclear whether ward 5 council member harry thomas jr. will attend the meeting. federal and irs agents raids his northeast washington home on friday and seized luxury vehicles, financial records, and other items. he's currently under federal investigation for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from a youth charity to pay for vacations and cars. sources tell news 4, if thomas does show up, the committee might not even vote on the bill and he's being urged by other council members not to attend that meeting. d.c. council chair kwame brown is working to schedule a meeting among other council members to talk about the thomas raid. there are reports that brown might remove thomas from any committee to avoid any possible conflicts during the investigation. now to decision 2012.
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herman cain's campaign manager will make an endorsement in coming days. cain suspended his campaign saturday. he made the decision amid allegations he carried on a 13-year affair and several reports of sexual harassment. and with less than a month to go until the iowa caucuses, the race for the republican presidential nomination appears to be as much up in the air as ever. the latest nbc news poll found newt gingrich in the lead with 26% followed by mitt romney at 18%, and ron paul at 17%. gingrich has surged 21 points since october. the survey was done before herman cain's abrupt departure from the race. today newt gingrich will meet with donald trump in new york city. the former speaker of the house will try to woo trump to get his endorsement for the republican presidential nomination. gingrich will participate in a debate mon informed rated by trump later this month. an escalator accident that left five people injured.
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it malfunctioned at the end of the redskins-jets game. the escalator at gate "a" suddenly stopped while people were on it. two people had to go to the hospital. we're told they're not seriously injured. turnovers once again doom the redskins. washington was attempting to come back against the new york jets yesterday late in the fourth quarter, but rex grossman was sacked and fumbled the ball. jets scored on the very next possession and won the game over the skins 34-19. >> it's frustrating. you come out in the second half. i think we had three series of three and outs on offense. we had a chance to get the momentum in the game. we didn't. come back with a pretty good play. little sluggo called and got the touchdown. we're still in the football game. just disappointed with the way we finished. couldn't get much going on offense. it's hard to win the football game when you finish like we did. >> the loss puts the skins at
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4-8. tied for last place in the nfc east. things don't get any easier for washington. they play the new england patriots next sunday. just to pile on the skins, it looks like they've lost two of their top offensive players for the rest of the season. offense iive tackle trent willi and tight end fred davis have reportedly been suspended by the league for testing positive for recreational drugs. the positive test came shortly after the lockout ended. williams and davis are said to be repeat offenders. some reports say they each failed drug tests three times. all right. it is 6:08.
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today. time for weather and traffic on the ones. good morning. it's 6:11. i'm meteorologist tom kierein in stormcenter 4. we have a chilly start. temperatures in the mid and upper 30s from washington's petworth neighborhood to montgomery park, and montgomery village. farther to the south and east, we have patchy dense fog, all these areas in gray, including the areas around the chesapeake bay, surrounding counties, northern neck, and eastern
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shore. some of the visibilities are down under a quarter mile. that fog should dissipate by midmorning. otherwise, we have quite a bit of cloudiness through the region. a, and kentucky.west in ohio, that's going to stay to our west. sunrise at 7:11. might have a little sun. otherwise, a little cloudiness. highs reaching near 60. sunset at 4:46. cloudy this eveno the low 50s b night. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. have a disabled truck slowing you down a bit. i-95 on the ramp to prince william parkway. this is exit number 158bment . e the truck is on the left side. crews are on the scene. you are able to pass. you just have to stay in the middle and use caution when taking this exit ramp. also seeing delays on i-95, it is that time of morning. here's the view at the occoquan as you travel northbound towards 395. you are going to start to see
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delays along your trip. in fact, if you make your way from quantico and head to the beltway, you're at 44 miles per hour. traveling on i-270 at father hurley, getting a little busy as you head southbound. continuing onto the spur, not seeing any accidents at this time in both directions, traveling southbound and northbound. pretty clear as far as accidents go on i-270. >> thank you,
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who has something to celebrate - today the postal service is expecting to announce $3 billion in cuts.
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news 4's angie goff is in our newsroom to explain how you might feel the impact. good morning, angie. >> good morning, joe. great to see you. snail mail is going to get slower. facing bankruptcy, the postal service must make $3 billion in cuts. for the first time in 40 years, get ready to say good-bye to next day delivery for stamped letters. starting next spring, the first class mail system is going to be different. mail could take up to nine days to reach you instead of a shipment within three days. everything from delivery of time sensitive magazines, prescription drugs, to dvd mail rentals. they're likely to be impacted. customers will feel the cuts as it's estimated 42% of first class mail is delivered the next day. in addition, half of the roughly 50,000 mail centers across the nation are expected to be close the next march. three post offices on capitol hill are also reportedly under
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consideration for closing. this after the postal service racked up more than $5 billion in debt this year and must find a way to pay $5.5 billion to its health care retirement fund in the next two weeks. analysts say this is a band-aid, providing short term relief for the problem, and could actually work against the postal service, pushing more businesses to go to the internet. joe? >> seems like that's a likely outcome there. thanks very much. >> perhaps. the free ride is over on the intercounty connector. the all electronic toll road in maryland started charging drivers today. the newest section opened two weeks ago and connects i-370 in gaithersburg to i-95 in laurel. during peak hours, it will cost $4 for easy pass users traveling the full length of the road at peak hours. tolls will drop to $3.20 on off peak hours and just $1.50 at night. drivers without an easy pass will be charged a higher rate. starting today, the d.c. public library is giving you a
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chance to clear your name if you have any overdue or lost books. the library is starting its check it in campaign. you can bring back overdue items to any library branch and have your account cleared without paying the fine. in addition to books, it includes overdue or lost books, dvds, or other lost materials. it runs through february. today attorney general ken cuccinelli will face tough questions about his job. cuccinelli will visit westfield high school in chantilly to talk about what he does and the krim n criminal justice system. this comes after a report he plans to run for governor in 2013. cuccinelli says he will not make an official announcement until sometime next year. oklahoma state university's president is questioning what could have prevented a post-game celebration from getting out of control. at least a dozen fans were hurt when fans stormed the field on saturday. osu had just beaten their rival oklahoma for the big 12 title.
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one person fell 15 feet after jumping over a stadium wall. two others had to have surgery for broken bones. osu does not believe stadium security could have done anything else to prevent the mad rush on the field. >> oklahoma state will not be playing for the bcs national championship. that game will be a rematch between lsu and alabama. the two schools played a month ago with lsu wining in overtime. virginia tech is happy with their sweet bowl game. they'll meet michigan in the sugar bowl on january 3rd. virginia squares off against auburn on the chick-fil-a bowl on new year's eve. and the west virginia mountaineers are in the orange bowl. they'll play the clemson tigers. tiger woods is once again at the top of the leaderboard. the golfer won the chevron world challenge yesterday, his first win since the car crash led to reports of numerous extramarital affairs, which ended his marriage. woods takes home a cool $1
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million for his win. today you can get tickets for wizards basketball. tickets for the team's first preseason game go on sale at 10:00 this morning. they'll play the philadelphia 76ers on friday, december the 16th. because of the lockout, teams will play a shortened schedule. the wizards will play only two preseason games this year. that's a home series against the 76ers. >> that's right. we're having basketball. >> could be a little rough, though. >> they've been practicing. it could lead to some injuries. people are a little bit nervous about the start of the season. >> let's go to tom and find out about the forecast. tom, another nice day like yesterday. off to a chilly start, though. in fact, throughout much of the region now, in the panhandle of west virginia, near martinsburg, now in the mid-30s there in berkeley county. farther to the west, it's in the low to mid-30s. much of west virginia now, it's near freezing, also the shenandoah valley. closer to washington, temperatures in the low to mid-30s as well in montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties. low 40s in washington, right
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near the chesapeake bay. on the eastern shore, all the counties in gray have patchy dense fog. it includes anne arundel, calvert, and st. mary's, as well as the eastern shore. that dense fog is reducing visibility to a quarter mile or less. that will be there through midmorning. quite a bit of of cloudiness drifting over virginia, eastern shore, district of columbia. we do have rain farther to the west and midwest. that's going to stay to our west today. sunrise 7:11. we'll have maybe a little sun in and out. overall, cloudiness around today and a cloudy afternoon. highs reaching the 50s to near 60 degrees. sunset at 4:46. a cloudy evening. by dawn tomorrow, near 50. could have drizzle, fog, and rain, and occasional showers throughout the day. could get more rain, drizzle, and fog tuesday night into wednesday morning. more showers but chillier weather on wednesday with highs only near 50. that may linger into thursday morning. clearing out and getting cold after that. sunny, cold weather on friday, saturday, and sunday.
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morning lows 20s. afternoon lows in the 40s. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. if you're traveling northbound i-95, taking the ramp to prince william parkway, exit number b. still have the disabled truck on the roadway. if you are able to pass, you should stick to the right. also, bw parkway in maryland as you approach landover road, report of an accident there. also want to show you the outer loop of the beltway in maryland. you are slowing down from i-95 to georgia avenue. if you're traveling past university boulevard and making your way towards colesville road, here's a look right now. lanes are getting filled. travel speed 41 miles per hour as you make your way from i-95 to i-270. that trip will take you 14 minutes. >> danella, thanks so much.
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tsa officials say they are reviewing that incident. they say they do not conduct strip searches and all travelers are treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy. two local organizations are benefitting from three guys who won the powerball in connecticut. the businessmen picked up their $254 million jackpot last week. soon after, they gave five veteran service groups $1 million to split. according to insidenova.com, those organizations included the bob woodruff foundation based in bristol and operation first response out of culpeper. the winners say they hope their charitable donations inspire future lottery winners to do the same. good for them. nice [ baby coughing ]
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half hour in fairfax county. 6:29 is our time. the controversial new building which just opened in fairfax county, which some say will help alleviate a problem in the area. good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it is monday, december 5th, 2011. there is no school for some charles county students today. both thomas l. higdon elementary and piccowaxen middle school are
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closed today. a car accident hit a utility line, which caused a power outage at both schools. smeco is working to restore electricity. both buildings are expected to reopen tomorrow morning. >> and the golden glow from all those students must be coming all the way from charles county. look at that beautiful sunrise out there this morning. >> wow. >> and tom's here to tell us about the forecast. boy, that's gorgeous. >> it's a photo op for sure. we have quite a bit of fog, though, farther inform our south this morning. that's a live picture from the city camera. just to the right is reagan national, where the temperature now is at 43 under a mostly cloudy sky. look at that lavender and orange glow reflected in the waters of the potomac. a delightful start to the day. and this technicolor sunrise will be with us here for part of the morning because all the fog, though, it's going to be obscured in southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore. right now shenandoah valley, areas from winchester to west virginia, just in the mid-30s. closer to washington, upper 30s in prince george's, arlington,
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fairfax, montgomery counties. these counties in gray have quite a bit of fog. including anne arundel, calvert, st. mary's, southern maryland right there on the tidal potomac is where it's at the thickest. on the eastern shore as well as the northern neck. this fog advisory in effect until 9:00 this morning. a lot of cloudiness coming over us, but it's high cloudiness with a few breaks in the clouds allowing that spectacular sunrise to continue to get more colorful. farther to the west, we have rain in ohio, indiana, and kentucky. just a few seconds later we're getting even more gorgeous color there. the sunlight capturing the bottom of those clouds, absolutely goor justice. sunrise at 7:11. we'll have the fok gone by by midmorning. highs reaching upper 50s to near 60. . >> good morning. we're definitely seeing some congestion in our area. first want to show you i-95 northbound to the exit ramp. exit number 158b.
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we have a disabled truck on the left side. stick to the right to stick by it. if you're traveling on i-66, we are seeing some delays at fairfax county parkway. really your delays start at right around fair oaks, route 50, as you make your way towards nutley, you're going to have a slow trip. traveling on i-270 that time of morning. take a look at father hurley. definitely hitting the brakes. good news is no accidents on 270 in either direction. any taye laborer resource center opens today. >> reporter: the center just opened a half hour ago. still pretty quiet. we only have one worker who's come this morning. things start to get going a little later in the morning, around 6:45, 7:00 a.m. is what
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i'm told. previously, day laborers in the area used to gather in a narrow grassy area outside the centerville shopping center, and that caused real concerns about safety as well as traffic flow through the shopping center. basically, what would happen is, when an employer would drive up into the parking lot or in the area, that car would then be surrounded by a number of folks who were looking for work. so it was a rather chaotic system that caused real concerns about traffic. you had people that were simply stopped in the traffic flow areas, and that caused a lot of problems here. the hope is that this center will help hook up workers with employers in a more streamlined fashion. the workers can come here to the center. they have chairs where they can gek o get out of the street, out of the parking lot. they can sign up and match their skill sets with an employer. everyone here hoping this will be a much better system. >> it's crazy. there's no organization. scared of people just running at you. they didn't know what to think.
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i think this is a lot better organized. it will work out a lot better. >> reporter: and the center is open monday through saturday from 6:00 a.m. until noon. and unlike the controversial herndon laborer center, which closed in 2007, this center does not use any public funding. it is all privately funded. it opened just about a half hour ago. still pretty quiet, but we're expecting things to pick up as the morning wears on. joe, back to you. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much, megan. this morning the search continues for a wssc worker who disappeared in the tri adelphia reservoir. chuck duckett was last seen friday afternoon in the sandy spring reservoir. he was working for the hunt recovery department. he was trying to recover a deer from a boat. the boat was found 300 yards from where he launched it. authorities have been searching the woods around the reservoir. so far they've seen no signs of duckett. duckett's family is not giving
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up hope that he'll be found. >> we are not giving up. please help us find him and keep him in your prayers. until we do. >> police, dive teams, and sonar specialists will continue the search for duckett at 7:30 this morning. right now asian and european stock markets are up. investors are hopeful that a summit of european leaders later this week will yield a breakthrough for fixing the ongoing debt crisis. the french president and german chancellor will meet in paris today to prepare for friday's sum. this good news is apparently having a ripple effect here. right now u.s. futures are up. u.s. senate majority leader harry reid plans to introduce a compromise measure today to extend that payroll tax cut for 116 million americans. that's according to senate budget committee chair and north dakota's democrat kent conned rad. two competing versions of legislation to extend the cuts failed last week. leaders on both sides of the
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aisle say they will come to an agreement before the current law expires at the end of this month. iran says its armed forces shot down an unmanned u.s. spy plane. the state news agency reports iran's armed forces brought down the super secret drone in eastern iran. u.s. officials have not confirmed the report. nato says it may be a drone that operators lost contact with last week when it was flying over neighboring afghanistan. it is the same stealth drone that was reportedly used to keep watch on osama bin laden. time is 6:36 right now. the "today" show comes up next at 6:7:00. let's check in with ann curry. >> many good morning to you. coming up on a monday morning here on "today," newt gingrich meets with donald trump today on the heels of the suspension of herman cain's presidential campaign. how will cain's absence impact the republican presidential race? we'll talk to donald trump about that and his controversial plan
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to moderate a republican debate when he joins us ahead. and how is e news host julia rancic doing two months after she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis on "today." she'll be joining us with her husband bill to share the latest announcement on her treatment, and it's a big one. her first exercise video revolutionized the fitness industry. now at 73 years young, jane fonda is back with a new workout routine for boomers she'll be teaching us this morning when we get started on a monday morning here on "today." what do you think about that? >> pretty amazing. she is amazing. >> she is, and she looks fantastic. >> that's great. thanks very much, ann. hope you have a wonderful day. >> thank you. you too. 6:37 now. 48 degrees. everyone does some holiday shopping online, but not like this. >>
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honors. it is almost too painful to look and listen to. eight ferraris, two mercedes, and a lamborghini were involved in a huge pileup in japan. luckily, no one was seriously hurt in the crash, but most of the cars were totalled. witnesses said the drivers were going far above the speed limit. hard not to do when you're in a ferrari, i guess. all together, the cost of the cars is priced around $3.8 million. i don't think i've ever seen eight ferraris at once. >> it gives new meaning to the expression you get what you pay for. you race eight ferraris, you're likely to get a big bad collision, and you're going to pay for it. >> car lovers, oh, man. >> let's go to tom kierein. he's looking at the weather. 6:41 is our time right now. >> they were probably avoiding a squirrel. this morning watch out for deer. we've got the deer very active.
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especially with dense fog to our south. watch out. it's even harder to see them in southern maryland, northern neck, and eastern shore. a chill in the air throughout the entire region. these counties in gray have dense fog around the bay, tidal potomac, and the eastern shore. dense fog around until midmorning. view from space showing quite a bit of cloudiness otherwise. we'll have a technicolor sunrise. here's a live view from the city camera and the day planner. sunrise at 7:11. a little sun in and out. a lot of clouds this afternoon with highs near 60. a look at the rest of the week and weekend in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. some good news. if you're traveling northbound i-95, the ramp to prince william parkway had a disabled tractor trailer, that's not out of the roadway. delays northbound at route 1 had an accident on the right side of the roadway you can see here. fire trucks as well as ambulance there. both on the scene of this
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accident. stick to the left and get by and use caution in the area. also, crossing the 14th street bridge. in the left center lane, it's hard to see here. right about here, it looks as though we have an accident. you can see the lanes not really moving. you are slow crossing the 14th street bridge heading into the city. i'll be back with another look at traffic in about ten minutes. v1w hasn't completely
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a tense standoff between occupy d.c. proest tetesters an police. a battle over a structure that police say never should have been there in the first place. >> reporter: police ended up
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taking the building down, but protesters say it was a violation of their rights. they claim they built that building so they could stay warm during the cold winter months. take a look now, and you can see it's all quiet at the occupy d.c. camp, and it's been that way for a few months. last night here's the scene as park police pulled protesters off one by one of a wooden structure they resurrected in the middle of mcpherson square. park police tied a rope around each of the protesters then forced them into a cherry picker. the confrontation between occupy d.c. protesters and park police began shortly after city officials condemned the structure, deeming it unsafe. protest leaders say they built the wooden structure to keep warm and followed park guidelines, assuring it was temporary and would be easy to remove. but park police argued they had no permit to build the shelter. they were told they're allowed to build structures as long as they move it every four days.
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there's no stipulation on the size of the structures. so this should be a nonissue. >> park police and the national park service firmly support people's first amendment rights to assemble and to seek redress from their government. in this instance, the issue is a life safety issue in the structural integrity of the building. >> reporter: by the end of sunday night, 15 people charged with crossing a police line, 16 people charged with disobeying an official order. half a dozen people were taken off the structure with that cherry picker, including one protesters who was charged with urinating off of a structure, indecent exposure, and resisting arrest. there's now a higher police presence here surrounding the occupy d.c. camp. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in northwest. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thanks very much. today d.c. council members will meet to vote on a new ethics bill. it's still not clear if ward 5 representative harry thomas jr. will attend the meeting.
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federal and irs agents raided thomas' northeast d.c. home on friday and seized luxury vehicles, financial records, and other items. he is currently under federal investigation for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from a youth charity to pay for vacations and cars. thomas has denied legal wrongdoing but has agreed to repay the fines. sources tell news 4 if thomas does show up, the committee might not even vote on the bill and that he is being urged by other council members to not attend the meeting. d.c. council chairman kwame brown is working to schedule a meeting among the council members to discuss the thomas raid. there are reports brown might remove thomas from any committee to avoid possible conflicts during the investigation. this morning the remaining republican presidential candidates are trying to pick up herman cain's supporters. cain suspended his campaign over the weekend. this move comes amid allegations of a 13-year affair and sexual harassment. cain said he would endorse a
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candidate over the coming days. his one-time rivals are now saying a lot of nice things about him. >> herman cain's supporters have been calling our office and coming over to our side. >> several candidate,trying to schedule meetings with cain this week to seek his endorsement. >> with just weeks away until the iowa caucuses, many voters are still undecided. the latest nbc news poll found newt gingrich in the lead with 26% followed by mitt romney at 18% and ron paul at 17%. gingrich has surged 21 points since october. the survey was done before herman cain's departure from the race. >> gingrich will meet with donald trump in new york city today. trump says he hopes to endorse a candidate within the next three to four weeks. trump also told "usa today" that he has not ruled out an independent bid if primary voters choose someone he thinks cannot beat president obama. later today the postal
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service will announce unprecedented cuts. cnbc's brian schactman joins us live to break down what may soon be a thing of the past. it's a desperate effort to stave off bankruptcy for the usps. a call for unprecedented changes to first class mail delivery next spring. that could mean a stamped letter won't arrive at its destination the very next day. the postal service plans to close half of its 500 processing centers by next march, which could slow delivery of everything from check payments to netflix dvds. also want to tell you about microsoft rolling out a new f feature for xbox, letting users navigate through music and dvds by hand. they can swipe through the menus using their hands, swipe through search engine bing or tap the touch screens on their windows phones. the remark i've been making is like that minority report movie, i don't know if you guys remember, they used to flip
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through that stuff. that technology is now here. >> i remember that. it's not the video games of my time. my goodness gracious, i don't even know if i could manage it. >> me too. i'm a frogger guy, donkey kong. >> pacman. brian, thanks so much. have a great day. >> tetris. >> oh, my gosh, who didn't love tetris. president barack obama and a large cast of artists honored five entertainment icons who have influenced culture through the arts. ♪ sweet carolina good times never felt so good ♪ >> the hollywood stars were all out in force last night for the kennedy center honors. this years awards went to singer neil diamond, actress meryl streep, jazz saxophonist sonny rollins, cellist yo yo ma, and singer barbara cook. the five honorees met with the president, who personally congratulated them for their
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contributions to the arts. congratulations to them, well deserved. >> indeed. >> amazing careers. >> indeed. tom, the sky has been gorgeous today. >> yeah, the clouds just in the right position capturing the morning sunlight. there's a live picture behind us there of the sunrise under way. here's a live picture from our city camera. and now it's beginning the technicolor iridescent sky faded a little bit, but as the sunrise approaches at 7:11, we may get another shot of some glorious color there. right now 43. mostly cloudy at reagan national. we've got a light wind, and it's rather human. this was the sunrise i captured yesterday morning in northern montgomery county. if you have an interesting weather or nature photo, send it to weather@nbcwashington.com. we'll try to show it on tv. let's take a look at temperatures now. a chill in the air. there is some fog like that in southern maryland right now in parts of st. mary's, calvert, anne arundel counties, as well as on the eastern shore, northern neck. all these counties in gray under
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this dense fog advisory. this is in effect until 9:00 this morning. for fog with visibilities under a quarter mile in many locations. farther to our west, maybe a little patchy fog in the mountains. it's chilly all around the region. just in the mid and upper 30s. above freezeing in it most locations. have some rain in ohio and kentucky. that's moving into western pennsylvania. that may be arriving here tomorrow morning. between now and then, a lot of clouds around. highs reaching near 60 this afternoon. sunset at 5:46. near 50 by dauwn tomorrow with drizzle and fog tomorrow morning as well as occasional showers through tuesday with highs near 60. could get more rain, drizzle, and fog late tuesday night and into wednesday morning. wednesday a chilly day with highs only around 50. clearing out thursday afternoon and cold after that and dry into the weekend. danella, how's traffic? slow trip traveling on i-95 in virginia. the accident at route 1. making your way northbound, only the left lane gets you by the accident there. the fire department is on the
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scene. here's a look right now. maybe a good idea to jump in the hov lanes and continue on towards 395. crossing over the 14th street bridge, still seeing an issue here. it looks as though the accident is affecting the center lanes as well as the left lane just a bit. very slow as you make your way into the city. traveling on i-270, here's a view right now at father hurley boulevard. your slow as you make your way towards rockville and continuing towards the spur. traveling northbound on i-270, no problems there. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks. 6:55 now. the free ride is over on the intercounty connector. the all-electronic toll road is now charging drivers again of the the newest section opened two weeks ago and connects i-370 in gaithersburg to i-95 in laurel. during peak hours it will cost $4 for easy pass users traveling the full length of the road at peak hours. tolls will drop to $3.20 on off-peak hours and just 1.50 there's at night. drivers without an easy pass
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will be charged a higher rate. the redskins will be without two of their top offensive players throughout the rest of the season. offensive tackle trent williams and tight end fred davis have been suspended by the league for testing positive for recreational drugs again. the positive test came shortly after the lockout ended. neither williams nor davis were in the locker room yesterday. the lockers were cleaned out by team employees. another frustrating day for the redskins offense. the burgundy and gold scored on their first offensive series, but that was the only time they got into the end zone all day. turnovers once again haunted washington against the new york jets. the redskins were trailing by four with plenty of time on the clock in the fourth quarter, but a fumble deep in their own territory doomed them as the jets scored on the very next possession. that put the game out of reach as washington falls to the jets 34-1. >> rough day. >> indeed. this year people are apparently branching out to the internet for a holiday
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tradition. >> instead of trekking to the tree lot, people are pointing and clicking and shipping their fresh holiday trees straight to their doorstep. major retailers are offering live trees on their websites, including costco, sears, and target. according to "usa today" online sales of cut trees are just a fraction. 27 million plus christmas trees expected to be purchased this year. then when they deliver to your doorstep, you have to put the thing on the top of your car, drive around the neighborhood, so people think you went to the beth! hi. looking good! you've lost some weight. thanks! you noticed! you know these clothes are too big now, so i'm donating them. not going back there again. good for you! how'd you do it?
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